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by Arthur Hsieh

Medic arrest video highlights need to keep cool heads

Sometimes it may be necessary to withdraw from the intensity of the situation

By Arthur Hsieh

It's a bit frustrating to watch this clip.

It reinforces that video captures only what's happening at the time of the recording.

It's not clear what happened just prior, nor does it suggest the reason as to why the public safety providers got into a tussle on scene.

Unfortunately many people simply jump to conclusions about where to lay "fault" and blame.

Hopefully there was a simple misunderstanding that got compounded with the pushy back and forth.

However, this episode does remind all of us to keep our cooler heads on when the situation abruptly changes.

Sometimes it may be necessary to withdraw from the intensity of the situation so as to defuse the stress involved.

About the author

EMS1 Editorial Advisor Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. Since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at an EMS service in Northern California. Contact Art at
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